… and gray is so fascinating. While gray alone may look like the scenery somewhere in the coal mining and steal production of the Rhein-Ruhr area on a rainy day it is also a great canvas for nearly endless colors, and combined with with white and black it can become elegance pure.

This year’s color is marsala, nice name for what used to be called dusty burgundy. Combine marsala with gray as a modern version of the old classics of gray and red, gray and blush, or the combination of desaturated colors. Admittedly, this color combination of marsala and gray screams a little bit winter, but – that’s what we have right now, right?

#fashionover40 work outfit with riding boots
GNW Luxe wool lucite green cashmere sweater with gray Eddie Bauer tweed skirt, opaque tights, riding boots, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and statement necklace (all own)

Lucite green works well with gray

Another of this year’s fashion colors is lucite green. Again this color goes great with the dark gray of my tweed winter skirt as you can see in the photo above. In spring/summer, this sweater will look great with a light gray – called ice gray.

Skip the fashion colors that don’t flatter your complexion

Actually, I really like this year’s spring colors except for tangerine and custard. I will skip on them. Their warm undertone does not go well with the undertone of my skin. These two colors would wash me out and would let me look like I am sick. Did it ever occur to you that some colors are called “old people colors” because they wash out everybody? To look great, healthy, young and hip, pick those colors of the season that suit you. There is no point in wearing a color just because it is the color of the year!

Below is a photo of the outerwear that I wore over my “spring color” inspired office outfit shown in the first photo of this post. I paired my gray shearling coat with a silk scarf, riding boots and a beret and added little letters (LV) of color with the bag to pick up the colors of the scarf. Doesn’t the sky look like being painted from this year’s spring colors? 😉

Which spring colors will you adopt/pass on?

#colorsover40 midlife woman in winter outerwear with shearling and tights
Black and gray shearling coat with colorful silk scarf, black beret, black tights, black leather riding boots, LeatherCoatsEtc tan gloves, and LV multi color bag (all own)


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